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Medicare Advantage enrollment causes a 37 percent reduction in the probability of receiving an opioid prescription. The public health costs of opioid abuse have continued to climb in the United States, contributing to recent declines in life expectancy. One response to mitigating this public health crisis has been to try to reduce use — and especially misuse — of prescription opioids. In The Effects of Medicare Advantage on Opioid Use (NBER Working Paper No. 25327...

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The EPA’s decision to regulate fine-particulate air pollution in 2005 reduced the number of dementia cases in the United States in 2013 by approximately 140,000. While a substantial body of evidence now confirms the negative effects of exposure to air pollution on children and working-age adults, research on how pollution affects older adults has been more limited. In Hazed and Confused: The Effect of Air Pollution on Dementia (NBER Working Paper No. 24970), Kelly...
For severely wounded veterans and their families, injuries sustained during the Civil War continued to take their toll for decades after the fighting ended. Hit hardest were older wounded veterans and their daughters. These veterans experienced greater economic adversity, including lower occupational status and reduced wealth in subsequent decades. Their daughters also experienced lower socioeconomic status and on average died younger than women whose fathers survived...

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